Aw, yeah, weekend's here! There's a heady mix of local and international talent brewing on the dance scene this weekend, including Peter Black's official retirement party and tunes by Porter Robinson, Danny Daze, Sascha Dive and Paul Oakenfold. On the party front, the Signtologist is back from his mini-tour and throwing an impromptu art opening, Milk Bar is catering to the ladies and much more. Page down to get the full rundown on the weekend's best nightlife bets.
Help send local favorite Peter Black off to his retirement in style; he's been a fixture at such local hangouts as the Meadowlark, Bar Standard, Walnut Room and many more, spinning everything from drum-and-bas to acid jazz to glitch hop to goth. Max Klaw, DJ Love and many more (including Pedro Noir himself) will take the decks at what's bound to be a killer show at the Meadowlark. (9 p.m., 21+)
Porter Robinson kicks off a two-night Colorado run tonight at the Boulder Theater with M Machine and Mat Zo (8:30 p.m., $26.50, all ages), followed by another show tomorrow night at the Ogden Theatre (9 p.m., $26.50/$30, 16+).
The Signtologist will present an impromptu art opening at Vertigo Art Space (960 Santa Fe) along with Terrance Duncan of TD Photography, showcasing his unique style of hip-hop street art. Sign has been on a mini tour of Nevada, New York, and the Bay, highlighting his skills. Check this one out. (Free; 9pm;)
NORAD hosts Burnski all the way from the UK, with Bones and Swank helping him hold down the decks. It'll get deep -- and loud. (9 p.m., 21+, free before 11 p.m.)
Bar Standard is bringing the love to the city tonight -- Chuck Love, that is, spinning some of the danciest house you've ever wanted to hear. (9 p.m., 21+)
It's First Friday downtown, and you know what that means: DJs and specialty wine at the Infinite Monkey Theorem. Oh, yeah, and art, too. Ejay and Jon Nedza will be spinning the classic disco/funk plus soul and house, and donations will be gathered for Colorado firefighters. (5 p.m., 21+)
Looking for some bass tonight? Beta, as usual, has your fix; you'll see Killabits with Coult 45 and Mystical Influence. And if you need more bass than that, well, you've probably got some kind of problem. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)
Milk Bar is at it once again for a Friday ladies night party. This week will be hosted by VH-1's Single Ladies star, Josh Sole, and will feature drink specials like $5 Ciroc and $3 Coronas. Fellas must be 25+up, and there is a strict dress code. (Free, 9 p.m., 21+up for ladies, 25+up for men)
Irie Fridays has been heating up the patio at Kenga's Lounge for the past few weeks. Check for island and Caribbean sounds along with the best Red Stripe and rum drink specials. (Free, 9 p.m., 21+up)
The Roots Dance is bringing you its Ice Cream Love party at the Gypsy House featuring the sounds of DJ Uplifter and friends. Little Man Ice cream will sponsor the tastes to keep you cool while the dance floor heats up.
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Saturday afternoon, you can check out Cholo Fest, a boxing/wrestling match that will feature ten kegs, a margarita machine and enthusiastic partygoers. It all goes down at Krazy Kreations (755 Vallejo st) and is the perfect way to ease into your Saturday night.
NORAD hosts another Board the Mothership event on Saturday night with Danny Daze, DJ Darrell Foxx, Despise, Danny B, Jorge Baez, Tom Evans, Ric Roberts and Mark Edward acting as your brave captains taking you into space. (9 p.m., 21+, free before 10 p.m., $10 and up at the door)
On Saturday, head for the hills for the second Full Moon Gathering of the season, at a new location on private land about two-and-a-half hours from the city. 1of47, Alert, Angel Castro, BeeKay, Brian Camarena, Christine West, Daegon, Deciprocal, GlitchWannaBe Brothers and Justin Case will provide the tunes for this all-night party under the stars. (5 p.m., 21+, $10-$15 requested donation)
The aptly named Warehouse Party 3.0 (For the Love of the Summer) is landing on Commerce City on Saturday night with an above-ground pool, sumo-suit wrestling, laser trike-bike races and lots and lots of music ranging from house to dubstep at 4975 Newport Street. (6 p.m., all ages, $15)
The legendary Paul Oakenfold takes charge of Beta on Saturday night with Dragon and Marshall Monica; you know you'll want to say you've seen him at least once, and Beta's superb sound system makes this an excellent time. (9 p.m., 18+, $20)
EsNine and Cysko Rokwell are hosting the Saturday night hip-hop '90s party at Tooey's. This edition of the party is a fundraiser for the Park Jam and will feature the freshest sounds of the '90s. Come ready to dance and party.
Sascha Dive headlines an underground party on Saturday night/early Sunday morning; DJ W!ld and H-Foundation are also on the agenda. Get two-for-one tickets if you plan on attending Board the Mothership for $20. (1 a.m., 21+)